It’s this time of the month again and to welcome a spring that has been long coming, I give you Hind Rostom, Egypt’s answer to Rita Haywarth even if her wikipedia entry describes her as the Marilyn Monroe of Egypt. For me she is more like or actually tries to emulate Rita Haywarth. Anyhow, she could belly dance as well as jive or whichever western dance of the day. In French, I like to describe her as plantureuse, an affectionate term for generous curves. If you have seen La Grande Bouffe, you would remember Andrea Ferreol, the ultimate femme plantureuse whose generous behind helped Michel Piccoli (or was it Ugo Tognazzi?) flatten the pizza he was making. But back to Hind, I can’t say I adore her but I do like the way she moves and I love her belly dancers ensemble, most of whom are not particularly attractive but together they form a charming group even if there is something rather incongruous about an ensemble of belly dancers. Unlike ballerinas, you don’t really expect them to dance in sync.
I have a new favourite belly dancer. She will not replace Tahiya of course but I just found her on youtube and I love her. I love her perfectly formed body and her sexy yet elegant movement. And I love the mise en scene and how her gorgeous body is shot en silhouette before it appears on the stage of what must have been a very upmarket night club, in the film at least. I wonder why she never became a big star. She appeared in only a dozen films. Perhaps she married and had lots of children and decided to devote her life to them. Our loss!
She is not Arab and she often starts her dances with her back to the public which is no bad thing because it is so shapely. Not quite violon d’ingres but very sexy all the same. In fact, everything about Aida is sexy, her movement, her body, her hair and the way she makes it part of her dance, even her face although I am not so keen on her stiff smile. Still, for a non-Arab, she is quite wonderful. I don’t know much about her except the clips I have seen, most of which are of her performing in Asia or Russia, and what I have read on her site. Would love to see clips of her very young dancing Indian!
My new belly dancer is a real departure from those I have featured until now. I found her thanks to my new twitter friend who has great taste in music although not such great taste in belly dancers except for this one and for my cousin (but then I told him about the latter!). Anyhow, what is interesting about Rebecca‘s dance in this clip is that she is doing it to a piece of classical music, Beethoven’s violin concerto. I don’t remember ever seeing a belly dancer gyrate to anything but rhythmic mostly belly dance music — well, Shakira does to pop music although not as continuous dances; only the occasional movement/s. In any case, orthodox or not, Vasile’s choreography works and the whole dance is quite mesmerising. She has a beautiful body and she moves it to great effect. Hope you enjoy her as much as I did and thank you Ameen for the virtual introduction.